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Thursday 17 March, 2022

Trainline PLC

TRADING STATEMENT AND NOTICE OF FULL YEAR RESULTS

RNS Number : 0530F
Trainline PLC
17 March 2022
 

 

TRAINLINE PLC TRADING STATEMENT AND NOTICE OF FULL YEAR RESULTS

17th March 2022

Net ticket sales in line with guidance

 

Trading performance for FY2022  

Trainline plc ("Trainline", the "Company" or the "Group"), the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling tickets to millions of customers worldwide, today provides an update on its trading performance for the financial year 2022 (1 st March 2021 to 28th February 2022).

FY2022 vs FY2020 (pre-COVID):

 

 

 

 

 

FY2022

% of FY2020

% of Q1 FY2020

% of Q2 FY2020

% of Q3 FY2020

% of Q4

FY2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net ticket sales (£m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Consumer

1,812

89%

49%

95%

114%

92%

Trainline Partner Solutions

290

24%

11%

23%

35%

29%

Total UK

2,102

65%

34%

69%

84%

71%

International

418

85%

54%

84%

99%

106%

Total Group

2,520

68%

37%

71%

86%

75%

% of FY2020 represents percentage of net ticket sales vs equivalent period two years ago (pre-COVID)

 

Highlights:

· Group net ticket sales of £2.5 billion, within previously guided range of £2.4-2.8 billion despite impact of Omicron in Q4

· Before Omicron, Group net ticket sales in Q3 had recovered to 86% of same period in FY2020, their highest level since start of the COVID pandemic

·Adjusted EBITDA for FY2022 expected to be around the top end of previously guided range of £35-40 million

· Driving shift towards digital ticketing - UK eticket penetration increasing to 41% in Q3 (30% in FY2021; 21% in FY2020) with significant runway ahead

·International growth acceleration plans well underway and having an impact, recently added Trenitalia France to our inventory and launched our first major brand campaign in Italy

Jody Ford, CEO of Trainline said:

"I am pleased with our performance this year, which was in line with our expectations despite the short-term impact of Omicron in the fourth quarter. Playing a leading role in the wider industry recovery, we encouraged people back onto trains and increasingly towards digital ticketing.

"In the UK we ran brand-led leisure travel campaigns , launched new features for commuters and scaled our digital railcards. In Europe we embraced rail market liberalisation, making it easy for customers to benefit from the increased choice available. In France we became the only platform to offer all rail carriers following the addition of Trenitalia France, while in Italy we launched our first major national ad campaign, highlighting Trainline as having all the trains and all the fares in one app."

 

FY2022 vs FY2021:

 

 

 

Twelve months ended 28 February 2022

 

FY2022

FY2021

% YoY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net ticket sales (£m)

 

 

 

 

UK Consumer

1,812

473

+283%

 

Trainline Partner Solutions

290

75

+284%

 

Total UK

2,102

548

+283%

 

International

418

235

+78%

 

Total Group

2,520

783

+222%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue (£m)

 

 

 

 

UK Consumer

153

44

+248%

 

Trainline Partner Solutions

15

12

+26%

 

Total UK

168

56

+200%

 

International

21

11

+85%

 

Total Group

189

67

+181%

 

           

 

Group   net ticket sales recovered to £2.5 billion in FY2022, 222% higher YoY, and 68% of the same period in FY2020. Net ticket sales improved during the year as COVID restrictions eased, with Q3 at 86% of FY2020 sales, their highest level since the onset of COVID, before moderating to 75% in Q4 given the impact of Omicron. The recovery in net ticket sales over the year helped Group revenue recover to £189 million, 181% higher than the prior year.

 

UK Consumer   net ticket sales were £1.8 billion, 283% higher YoY, and 89% of the same period in FY2020. Prior to Omicron, net ticket sales had improved throughout the year, reaching 14% year-on-two-year (Yo2Y) growth in Q3. UK Consumer revenue recovered to £153 million, 248% higher than the prior year.

 

Trainline Partner Solutions (TPS)   net ticket sales were £290 million, 284% higher than prior year and 24% of the same period in FY2020. While business travel remained subdued, net ticket sales stepped up 88% in H2 versus H1, and in Q3 reached 35% of the same period in FY2020.  TPS revenue grew 26% year on year to £15 million, with increased net ticket sales offset by lower project revenue from white label clients.

 

International net ticket sales were £418 million, 78% higher YoY, and 85% of the same period in FY2020. Net ticket sales improved throughout the year and in Q3 were at 99% of the same period two years ago, despite travel restrictions continuing to impede the return of inbound customers to Europe.  In Q4, International net ticket sales reached 106% of FY2020 levels, although this was lapping a quarter of French rail strikes and the onset of COVID-19 in Europe. International revenue grew 85% YoY to £21 million.

 

Notice of full-year results

Trainline will publish its full-year results for the financial year 2022 (the twelve-month period running from 1 st March 2021 to 28th February 2022) on Thursday 5th May 2022.

The full-year results will be published at 07.00am (UK time) through the regulatory news service (RNS) and on the Company's website , followed by an analyst presentation at 9.00am (UK time) which will also be accessible through the Company's website.

 

Enquiries

For investor enquiries, Andrew Gillian  [email protected]  

For media enquiries, Jennifer Painter  [email protected]  

 

Brunswick Group

Simone Selzer     +44 207 404 5959 / [email protected]

 

About Trainline:

Trainline (www.trainline.com) is the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling rail and coach tickets to millions of travellers worldwide, enabling them to seamlessly search, book and manage their journeys all in one place via its highly rated website and mobile app. Trainline is a one-stop shop for rail and coach travel bringing together millions of routes, fares and journey times from rail and coach carriers across Europe.

 

 

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